September 25th, 2017

[podcast] 7 Ways to Live More Simply #089

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Do you long for a simpler way of living? Many of us have a restless sense in our hearts that life could be simpler and we could be happier, but … HOW? This week, I’m offering some ideas for ways to simplify even a very busy and complicated life.

1. De-clutter!
Find a spot in your kitchen, your living room, or your bedroom (closets, anyone?) and get rid of unnecessary stuff.

2. Stop shopping
Plan ahead and make fewer trips to the store.

3. Limit media
Set limits on when, where, and how you will use your phone, TV, etc.

4. Think through your systems
Create routines for laundry, errands, meal times, kitchen clean up, etc. that can streamline your work.

5. Stop thinking about MORE
Think about having ENOUGH instead.

6. Make room for creativity
Do something creative with you time and come any feeling connected to yourself your Creator

7. See fewer ads
Pa attention to advertising you re exposed to & take measures to reduce its influence.

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Some places I will be in the coming months:

Saturday, September 30
You’re Worth It! retreat at St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Carmel, IN 46033
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Saturday, October 21
Together in Holiness conference in
Wichita, KS
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Saturday, October 28
Women’s Conference in
Winona, MN
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Saturday, November 4
Together in Holiness conference in
St Augustine, FL
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My newest book is available!
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September 19th, 2017

[podcast] What if I stink at trusting Jesus? #088

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Do you trust in Jesus? It’s so hard sometimes, isn’t it? This week we talk about a question I got from listener Diana by email: What if you stink at trusting Jesus?

Well, we all stink at it sometimes. Here are some ideas I share:

1. Pray for greater trust.

2. Fake it till you make it!

3. Go through Mary — The Memorare is a good prayer to start!

3. Read God’s word and stories of the Gospel.

4. Remember past worries & how they worked out.

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Some places I will be in the coming months:

Saturday, September 30
You’re Worth It! retreat at St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Carmel, IN 46033
More info here

Saturday, October 21
Together in Holiness conference in
Wichita, KS
More info here

Saturday, October 28
Women’s Conference in
Winona, MN
More info here

Saturday, November 4
Together in Holiness conference in
St Augustine, FL
More info here

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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September 12th, 2017

[podcast] Finding Hope & Healing with Maria Dunlap #087

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This week, I start by giving you my Hurricane Irma update and recounting several moments of bursting into tears over the weekend. Good times!

Then, I share my recent conversation with the awesome Maria Dunlap, founder and executive director of Vivian’s Victory, a nonprofit that supports families as children are helped and healed. Maria and her husband Rod saw the need of families during long hospital stays with their children after they experienced a 59 day stay with their first daughter Vivian. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and 4 crazy kiddos, Iris, Fulton, Auggie and Zelie.

Check out Vivian’s Victory for ways you can support this beautiful ministry, including being part of their matching donations fundraiser. A great way to make your gift go even further to help families in need!

SUPPORT
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RETREAT
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Some places I will be in the coming months:

Saturday, September 30
You’re Worth It! retreat at St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Carmel, IN 46033
More info here

Saturday, October 21
Together in Holiness conference in
Wichita, KS
More info here

Saturday, October 28
Women’s Conference in
Winona, MN
More info here

Saturday, November 4
Together in Holiness conference in
St Augustine, FL
More info here

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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September 5th, 2017

[podcast] 5 Ways to Start Your Day Right #086

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How do you begin your day? With peaceful prayer and journaling time? Or in a mad frenzy to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door? How we start our days can set us up for failure or success, regardless of our life circumstances. Putting some thought into our morning routines can make a lot of sense. Some ideas I share for starting your day right:

1. Get up early enough

2. Connect with God and others

3. Move your body 

4. Practice Gratitude

5. Set a Goal

What do your mornings look like? What works for you, or what have learned about morning routines that helps you put your best foot forward each day? Share your ideas and I will share them with other Girlfriends listeners.

Also this week, I share an email I received from Jenny who is discerning whether or not to begin dating again after a bad experience. I share a little about trusting in God’s plan, and how hard that can be sometimes, and suggest we pray as a community for Jenny this week. If you have thoughts to share o this topic, send me your feedback!

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RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
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Or find out more about having me come speak at your parish or conference.

Some places I will be in the coming months:

Saturday, September 30
You’re Worth It! retreat at St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Carmel, IN 46033
More info here

Saturday, October 21
Together in Holiness conference in
Wichita, KS
More info here

Saturday, October 28
Women’s Conference in
Winona, MN
More info here

Saturday, November 4
Together in Holiness conference in
St Augustine, FL
More info here

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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August 29th, 2017

[podcast] Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy #085

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What does it mean to “keep holy the Sabbath”? What does that look like in real family life? This week i am sharing some thoughts and encouraging you to share your ideas for setting Sundays apart, as a day of rest and worship. some basic ideas I share:

1) Go to Mass, and also add some other prayer to our day.
2) Share a meal together, make some special food, enjoy a dessert.
3) Avoid doing our “regular” work.
4) Do engage in some “good” work on Sunday.

This week, we hear from listeners Ashley and David. Ashley shares her struggles with being a mom in a “small” Catholic family and the cross she carries of having lost 2 children and discerning whether she and her family can take more loss. Thank you, Ashley, for sharing your perspective so beautifully with all of us.

David shares his thoughts on prayerfully discerning family size and also his (crazy!) recent 50 mile race. He survived! God is good!

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The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
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Or find out more about having me come speak at your parish or conference.

Some places I will be in the coming months:

Saturday, September 30
You’re Worth It! retreat at St. Elizabeth Seton Church
Carmel, IN 46033
More info here

Saturday, October 21
Together in Holiness conference in
Wichita, KS
More info here

Saturday, October 28
Women’s Conference in
Winona, MN
More info here

Saturday, November 4
Together in Holiness conference in
St Augustine, FL
More info here

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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August 8th, 2017

[podcast] What is a Catholic Feminist? #083

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What is a Catholic feminist? Is that even a thing? We are talking this week with Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist Podcast. Claire shares what her journey has been toward fully embracing her Catholic faith while holding onto feminist ideals. She talks about the struggle of being a Catholic feminist and feeling sometimes caught between two worlds of feminism and faith.

I know you will enjoy the conversation, and afterwards, check out more about Claire and all she does with these links:

The Catholic Feminist Podcast

Claire on Instagram

Claire on Facebook

Claire’s “e-retreat,” 40 days to a Feminist Faith

This week, we also hear from listeners Louise, Brigid, and Tammy about raising Catholic kids, connecting with Girlfriend, and adjusting to an empty nest. Thanks for your feedback! It makes my day!

Episode mentioned in this week’s show:
Episode #035 The Art of Letting Go

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August 2nd, 2017

[podcast] Find Time for YOU #082

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We all know the drill about how important it is to “MAKE” time for yourself, or worse yet, “CARVE OUT” some time for yourself as a mom, but let’s be honest. It just doesn’t always happen. Life just gets in the way. And sometimes, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to finding to time to care for ourselves. This week, I’m sharing 4 different obstacles many of us face when it comes to finding time for our own pursuits, and some responses to them:

1) Guilt. Mom guilt is real. Let’s talk about how to banish it for good.

2) We don’t know what we want. I share what I think is the #1 thing that gets in the way of us find time for ourselves and putting it to good use.

3) We don’t delegate. It feels like we never have time because we insist upon doing all the things ourselves! Let’s talk about how to break this habit.

4) We think it has to be big deal. Sure, a spa weekend would be epic, but let’s talk about some realistic, do-able ways to find the time for refreshment, enjoyment, rest and recreation.

We also hear from listeners Lexy, David, and Sam about podcast encouragement, praying novenas, prayer requests, and marriage help. Thanks for your feedback! It makes my day!

Links to share: Pray More Novenas podcast

Related:
Episode #056 What the heck is self-care anyway?
Episode #036 Get Rid of Guilt

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July 25th, 2017

[podcast] How to Support Your Husband in Tough Times #081

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If work stress, job loss or some other challenge has your man down these days, you as his wife – the one he looks to most for love and affirmation – are in a unique position to help him feel like a hero again.

This week we’re sharing some practical ways wives can build up their husbands during difficult times:

1. Hear him.
Sometimes, your husband just wants to express his thoughts and feelings to a non-judgmental listener. If he vents about difficult people in his office, the evil boss that laid him off, or the lousy weather, let him do it.

Keep in mind, though, that men communicate more directly than women. Don’t interrupt with your own observations or “listen” while you change the baby’s diaper and sweep the floor. Your man will feel loved and listened to if you maintain eye contact and do nothing else while he speaks.

2. Feed him.
Food might not be the only way to a man’s heart, but it surely is an effective one. Is there a recipe your husband enjoys that you haven’t made in a while? Find time to make it this week. Is there a dish he always orders at a nearby restaurant? Get it “to-go” and surprise him with it tonight.

It’s not so much the food itself as it is the thought behind it that will make your husband feel loved. You can make sure he has a hot breakfast, bring him a beer, or simply set the table and light some candles to make ordinary fare more enticing.

3. Pray for him.
It seems obvious, but sometimes we get so busy we overlook the obvious. If you want blessings for your husband, you should head straight to the source – ask God to shower him with grace. You might also think of some small cross you regularly endure (carpools, folding laundry, dealing with tantrums) and offer it up for your husband’s intentions. That way, when these small sacrifices present themselves, you will not only have something to offer up for your husband, but a built-in reminder to pray for him as well.

4. Serve him.
What are some little things you can do to make your husband feel cared for? You might de-clutter a spot in the house where he likes to unwind, fill his drawer with clean socks and underwear, make sure the shower has a fresh bar of soap before his shower, or take out the trash without saying a word. His life is rough right now. Think of these small acts of service as smoothing some of the rough edges and helping him relax.

5. Touch him.
Yes, I’m talking about S-E-X here. It can be difficult for us women to understand sometimes, but sex really is the primary way most men communicate love. If your husband’s ego has been bruised, initiating intimacy, or even just being a little flirtatious, is a sure way to make him feel like the powerful, attractive man you know he is. Give him an unexpected kiss, offer a backrub, or send an email to let him know you’re thinking about him and can’t wait to spend time alone with him.

This week, we also hear from listeners Kristen, Marisa, Eleanor, Sam, and Rebekah about grocery budgets, making friends, HORMONES & time for fitness.

Also, I share about how I am (successfully!) praying a novena for the first time in a long time. The cool website helping me to do this is PrayMoreNovenas.com

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RETREAT
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My newest book is available!
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